The Himalayas form not only the roof of the world but also the “wonder world”,where we can experience the deep nature and unique culture and tradition. It is truly one of the great asset of the Mother Earth. The epic Kumarsambhava (5th century AD) describes the Himalayas as: "The northern yardstick to measure the earth." In that sense it is the repository of aesthetics,biological diversity, human endeavour and now a thermometer of climate change. This region is one of the most sensitive areas responding to global climate change due to its high altitude and the presence of permafrost and glaciers. In 2003 we, Himalaya Archive Nederland, started the “Himalaya Film Festival” which attracts many audiences and since 2006 we have collaborated closely with the Himalaya Archive Japan to promote the film festival mainly in the Netherlands and Japan. I'm truly happy the friendly cooperative relations between the two countries can enlighten many people about how important the Himalayas are!